"Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin"
EmpA is a project of the International Office, financed by the DAAD.
The mission statement of the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences wishes for a respectful, open, fair and reliable interaction with one another. This demand is constantly challenged by societal phenomena such as racism and discrimination. EmpA therefore aims to use an empowerment approach to improve the study conditions of international students, students with a refugee background and students of color*.
In line with the needs that students bring directly to us, we offer various formats to connect, exchange and learn. In addition, we advise and train university staff on implementing anti-racist measures to improve the overall study conditions. Together with many committed members of the university, we would like to influence the Alice Salomon University to become as racism-sensitive a place as possible.
"People of Color, Person of Color, PoC: is an alliance term that establishes links between people who experience racism" 1.
However, the term is also controversially discussed within different communities. Numerous other self-designations have been used as alternatives to racist foreign designations.
1In URL (German): AG Feministisch Sprachhandeln der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014): Was tun? Sprachhandlungen – aber wie? W_ortungen statt Tatenlosigkeit! Berlin, p.43, last access: 10.12.2019
Pasquale Virginie Rotter:"Empowerment und Sensibilisierung"(Empowerment and Awareness). The Article was first publisched in the alice 36 in the winter semester 2018/19.
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PowerBodyWorkshop - Thursday 30th of July from 18:00 to 20:00
EmpA Power Reunion 2.0. in Times of Corona - Friday 15th of May 18:00 - 20:00
Gegen Rassismus? Empowermentstrategien FÜR Widerstand & Wohlbefinden an der Hochschule 2.0 (Against racism? Empowerment strategies FOR resistance & well-being at the university 2.0)
Gegen Rassismus? Empowermentstrategien FÜR Widerstand & Wohlbefinden an der Hochschule (Against racism? Empowerment strategies FOR resistance & well-being at the university) - Within the framework of the 13th Week of Mental Health in Berlin.
Zusammen haben wir eine Chance (Together we have a chance) Film followed by a discussion with Nadiye Ünsal (Filmemaker) and Garip Bali from Allmende e.V. (one of the Protagonists of the movie).
Über Rassismus schreiben: Empowered Nähe und Distanz im Schreiben finden (Writing about racism: Empowered to find closeness and distance in writing)- As part of the "2. Langen Nacht der aufgeschobenen Hausarbeiten".
The daily study routine at the ASH can be very challenging and stressful. It can be even more stressful for international students, students who experience of racism and/or have a refugee background. In addition to all the duties, responsibilities and to-do's that studying entails, they often also have to deal with language barriers, experiences of exclusion and discrimination through racism, (hetero-)sexism, classism or (attributed) religious affiliation.
Anchoring the empowerment approach at the university is therefore an important instrument to strengthen students who are confronted with racial discrimination and to improve the accompanying study conditions.
PowerReunion - A space to unite!
The PowerReunion is a offer for (international) students who experience racism and/or with a refugee background. The focus is on getting to know one another, networking and exchange.
The PowerReunion is a space of retreat exclusively for students who experience racism in Germany and is thus a central component of the empowerment work at the ASH.
The conversation for me is a source of power.
PowerTalk - A space to recharge!
Racist discrimination is not only a challenge for those affected, but sometimes also for all those who want to fight it and broaden their perspective. PowerTalk is therefore a peer-to-peer offer for ALL students who wish to have confidential discussions with the EmpA team.
So if you have something on your mind, would like to develop ideas, tips and possibilities for action for your studies or any other area of your life in a confidential conversation with us, this is the right offer for you.
Write us or come to the office to make an appointment :)
In addition to our empowerment-oriented peer-to-peer discussions, there are other contact points for discrimination at the ASH. You can find more information here.
Troubles with the online semester?
Dear BIPoC* students,
we know that the online semester is a challenge. Especially learning in digital spaces increases structural inequalities. Maybe you have experienced discrimination or disadvantage in one of your seminars and you do not know exactly who to turn to or how to deal with it? Maybe you would like to tell your teachers that tasks are not feasible, that there is too much reading material and/or too many written assignments, that you have experienced discrimination in small groups or something similar?
We at EmpA would like to expressly offer you our support. For example, we would be happy to prepare a conversation with a teacher with you and are also there for you afterwards! We also like to take up experiences from you and pass them on anonymously.
But we also have an open ear if you want to talk to someone about the strain and stress. You are not alone! Contact us!
Greetings from the EmpA Team
*BIPoC: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) is a self-designation of people with experience of racism who are not perceived as white, German and Western.
PowerWorkshops - A space to evolve!
We regularly offer in-depth workshops on empowerment and sensitisation.
If you have any ideas as to which topics and questions we should cover, please contact us.
PowerExperts - A space to share!
This format is about knowledge transfer, exchange and inspiration from and for students. International and BIPoC students present their research and expertise (not only) in the context of racism, migration and empowerment.
Do you have a topic that you would like to present and discuss with other students in an empowerment-oriented space? Then write us! We would like to invite you 1-2 times in the semester PowerExperts
Dr. Aki Krishnamurthy